Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

December 11, 2012 8:16 am

by Stefan · 27 comments

Georgia:

  • Clayton’s BOC decision making is financially unsound (Clayton News Daily)
  • Governor predicts Medicaid budget challenge at ‘Blessing of the Ground’ (AccessNorthGA.com)
  • Blank says in the new stadium you’ll pay for the right to pay for a seat (AJC)
  • What’s next for the Beltline, or all hail the the work of Wheat! (Creative Loafing)
  • New Augusta University’s logo to be chosen by surveying the crowd (AJC)
  • With design, Blank wants new stadium to be well-endowed (AtlantaBizChron)
  • New Poll gives baselines for new transportation funding debate (AJC)
  • Chambliss says President will get his new tax rate (Savannah Morning News)
  • Saltwater intrusion is fouling wells (don’t worry, they’re in South Carolina) (ABH)
  • Georgia Ports breed jobs throughout the state (and trace all the way back to China!) (ABH)

National:

  • Fox News chief’s failed attempt to create Petraeus for President (Washington Post)
  • Before you move here, it’s probably good to be hesitant (Curbed)
  • How The Newly Remastered Version Of ‘The Grey Album’ came to be (Forbes)
  • Most Americans don’t believe in the Primordial Sea  (Gallup)
  • In honor of Hanukkah, 15 celebrities you didn’t know were Jewish (BuzzFeed)
  • Obama’s foreign policy ethos is Niebuhr, but newish (ReligionandPolitics)
  • Republicans not handling election results well (Public Policy Polling)
  • 45 Images guaranteed to ensorcell  (BuzzFeed)
  • Steve Ballmer’s Nightmare Is Coming True (Yahoo Finance)
  • U.S. Intelligence Agencies See a Different World in 2032 (Bloomberg)

 

Bonus! Here’s the stadium RFQ for you to get your bid ready! (DOAS)

 

 

Harry December 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

handwringing about homosexuality
http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/popp/121206

Ed is Amazing December 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

wat

Ed is Amazing December 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

In what world does “well” rhyme with “twelve”?

Also, I hope everyone saw the absolute thrashing the Patriots administered to the Texans last night. I also hope any Falcons fans erased the risible delusions that they are a Superbowl-caliber team after this weekend’s play from both teams.

Stefan December 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

Ah, that was supposed to be a nodded slant rhyme but I forgot to include the parentheses: twel(ve).

I’ll rewrite it though, just for you.

Ed is Amazing December 11, 2012 at 9:00 am

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww…

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Stefan December 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

enjoy.

atlanta_advocate December 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

“49% of GOP voters nationally say they think that ACORN stole the election for President Obama. We found that 52% of Republicans thought that ACORN stole the 2008 election for Obama, so this is a modest decline, but perhaps smaller than might have been expected given that ACORN doesn’t exist anymore.”

While that is certainly funny, why doesn’t the media make Democratic voters look bad this way? You could easily do so with questions that bait and entrap a large number of similarly unenlightened Democratic base voters, yet they choose not to. Liberal bias perhaps?

Ed is Amazing December 11, 2012 at 8:51 am

Interesting. Didn’t know the Public Policy Polling firm is now part of the MSM but there you go.

Also, anytime you poll large swaths of Americans you’re going to get truly embarrassing figures .

Ed is Amazing December 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

Another intriguing point is that rather than say “wow this probably isn’t a good sign for Republicans” its a liberal bias that’s problematic.

Harry December 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

ACORN successor affiliates still exist – just under other names. Their purpose among other things is to vote dead people, and they succeed. In North Carolina with a Democratic Secretary of State, some 15 people aged 114 voted absentee as well as thousands of other deceased. Others, live voters, showed up at the polls and were told they had already voted absentee.

Stefan December 11, 2012 at 9:36 am

You cannot really expect someone that old to show up day-of and vote, can you? Have a heart! Also, I know a ton of people in Paul Broun’s district voted for a dead person, namely Darwin.

xdog December 11, 2012 at 9:05 am

I echo Ed’s remarks about the non-rhyming of ‘twelve’ and ‘well’ but unlike him I’ll offer a fix. You’re welcome.

Election results make gopers feel blue
The Most Powerful Images Of 2-0-1-2

Stefan December 11, 2012 at 9:37 am

I should have checked your comment first. Ensorcell isn’t in my spellchecker so I had to look up how to spell it. Sad day for an English major.

xdog December 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

The US Treasury is selling more of its AIG stock today. “By Treasury’s calculation, the final round of sales means the government will have a net positive return on its AIG bailout of $22.7 billion.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323339704578172960483282372.html

Mike Stucka December 11, 2012 at 9:11 am

Hidden courtrooms, secret court files in federal court in rural Georgia: via Boston Globe

Harry December 11, 2012 at 9:15 am
Ed is Amazing December 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

Harry–my suggestion of a New Year’s Resolution for you… Never change.

Harry December 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

This too shall pass.

Jackster December 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

From that RFQ – I love reading that not only will a new stadium bring a super bowl, but it will also bring a FIFA world cup final to Atlanta.

I guess you better shoot the moon, so why don’t they also mention that they should host several Olympics events, or perhaps the Canadian Football league’s “super bowl”.

Stefan December 11, 2012 at 9:47 am

What’s really interesting is that the construction budget is listed as 700m, not 1b. Does that mean they are soliciting bids for a stadium in case the Legislature prevents state funding?

Jackster December 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

I saw that as well. I wasn’t sure if that was a solid 700M, since typically, the budget targets in the RFQs aren’t necessariliy set in stone.

Bridget December 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

Last page: http://www.gwcc.com/doc/mpreport4.pdf

“Stadium” vs “Site”

Jackster December 11, 2012 at 11:12 am

What the hell is a soft cost?

Bridget December 11, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Hard costs are just that – something “hard” i.e. tangible products like I-beams, nails, etc.

Soft costs are “fluffy people” i.e. salaries, overhead, admin

SallyForth December 11, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Per USA today, the proposed “deal” is that the State of Georgia will own the new stadium, and the Falcons corporation will operate it. Thus the State (aka, we the taxpayers) will have total legal liability and responsibilities of ownership, be the ones sued for injuries or mishaps plysical or financial, while Blank and the Falcons corporation will make all the profits of operating income. Suh-weeet, huh?

saltycracker December 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

“The Federal Reserve will amplify record accommodation tomorrow by announcing $45 billion in monthly Treasury buying that will push its balance sheet almost to $4 trillion, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists.”

I never could time the unbridled optimism with land, precious metals, dot com stocks or leveraged mortgages and sure can’t with money for nothing. It is a bit serious when sovereign nations play the game and the focus is on how best to spend more than collected.

fishtail December 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

Savannah attorney gives a different perspective on ObamaCare and it’s effect on Georgians…..the drumbeat begins….http://savannahnow.com/column/2012-12-10/broker-help-georgians-expand-medicaid#.UMdR1ny9KSM

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